Postage Tables How To

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Selling on eBay can be difficult to start with, but once you have your page template up and running, the next part you need to consider is the Domestic and International Postage Tables.

Using these not only saves time in the long run, but also money! How many times have you typed in the postage costs for the EU based on one country (i.e. Germany) and then find, when it comes to posting the item that the country you are posting to is more expensive?

Using the postage tables eliminates this problem as you designate the postage cost for each country using weight, surcharge or item quantity. I would recommend setting up your domestic rate tables as well as this allows you to charge the extra surcharge for delivering to the Highlands and Isle of Wight.

To set up postage rate tables:
Go to  My eBay and click the  Account tab.
Click  Site Preferences on the left side of the page.
Click  Show to see the Postage and packaging preferences section.
Click  Edit next to the option to  Use postage rate tables.
Select Item, Weight or Surcharge from the drop-down menu, then enter your postage rates for each region.
Once you're finished, click  Apply.

Personally I use the weight option, as long as your weight is accurate on the listing then eBay will automatically alert the buyer before purchasing and then charge the buyer when they purchase the item.

For the Domestic Postage Rate table I would recommend Royal Mail Price Finder for parcels under 2kg meeting the requirements for a Small Parcel. Otherwise I use Hermes for standard postage or Parcel2Go for a range of Express Delivery options.

It is time consuming but use a postcode from each of the domestic regions and find the best price for the parcel weight based on the location. I would recommend checking the postage cost at least once a year - if you sign up to the couriers email they will let you know when they are putting their prices up.

For the International Postage Rate table I would recommend Parcel2go. I have tried many couriers/comparison sites and Parccel2go is the only one I have found that doesn't add a lot of extra charges once they have collected the parcel.

To use postage rate tables in your listing:
In the  Give buyers P&P details section of the listing form, click Add or remove options at the top of the section.
Scroll down and tick the box next to  Use postage rate tables, then click  Save.
Tick the boxes next to  Apply domestic postage rate table, and/or Apply international postage rate table.
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